By Evelyn Reed
Six articles discover the social and monetary roots of women's oppression from prehistoric society to trendy capitalism and element the line ahead to emancipation.
Preface via Mary-Alice Waters. Now with index and enlarged type.
Also to be had in: Farsi, Greek
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They become victims of inferiority complexes. And so they flock by the thousands 49 and tens of thousands and millions to the m anipulators and dec orators of female flesh, pouring their hard-earned money into the coffers of these profiteers. Through Hollywood stars and beauty contests these fleshly stan dards are m aintained an d ballyhooed. Selected "beauties” are paraded before the hypnotized eyes of the great m ass of women through every available means: in the movies, on television, in the slick and pulp magazines.
To the naive and innocent, however, the $10 ja r must contain some special potent magic that is not contained in the cheap item. The big ads say so, an d so it m ust be true. These poor women strain their financial resources to get this magic product, hoping this will transform them from clerks to heiresses. Finally, with the fashion profiteers, an agonizing choice is placed before the women. Shall they buy for durability o r for a passing fad? The rich, who can do both, have ordained a round-the-clock fashion circus; fashions for m ornings, afternoons, cocktails, evening, night and bedtime.
A m ong the prerequisite inventions, a device for spinning is im por t a n t . m ost essential is a loom. "N o w a loom is quite an e la b o r a t piece of m achinery— much too com plicated to be described here. Its use is no less complicated. The invention of the loom was one of the great trium phs of hum an ingenuity. ) Hunting, a p a rt from its value in augm enting the food supply, w as a n extrem ely im portant factor in hum an development. In the organized hunt, men h a d to collaborate with other men, a feature unknow n in the anim al world where competitive struggle is the rule.